Once our DA had been approved, we needed to start building as soon as we could as Miss E was due in late August and we ideally wanted to be in the shed by then.
Master Wolf and I watched excitedly as our excavator pulled up to start the groundwork and within a few days we were ready to pour the slab. Unfortunately we had a lot of rain and it meant some delays as the formwork may have slipped around. We are on clay soil and it is really sticky when wet. Finally the concreter came and did the formwork and we were ready to pour the next day. Until the concrete plant’s computer system failed. The following day, however we were good to go and the concrete trucks came and the slab was poured and levelled.
A few days later we were ready to start building. We assembled our carpenter and handyman friends and their families and got to work putting up the frame. I can’t express how thankful I am to a couple of our friends who just came back weekend after weekend for a month, with their little ones, in the freezing, windy and sometimes wet July weather and continually helped us get the shed built.
The shed was a kit sourced from Stramit via G & S Sheds in Lithgow. It is 9x6m with a 3x6m ‘garaport’ or awning at the front. The walls are Colourbond Dune and the roof is Colourbond Basalt. There are 2 windows on the road side, one for the bathroom and one over the kitchen benches, and 3 on the back side. We have a PA (personal access) door and a roller door under the garaport. This means Papa J can access his tools from the outside and use the undercover area for building. It is also a great play space when the weather is wet.
The shed kit plans seemed relatively easy to understand. It was delivered on the back of a truck, with all the pieces labelled and ready to assemble. The assembly didn’t require many specialised tools, but below is a list of the tools Papa J used both for the exterior shed frame and the internal fit out:
The actual build time for the shed structure (externals) was probably about 5 full days, however for us this was spread over a number of weekends. The walls went up relatively easily but there were some delays as you can’t sheet in the wind. The windows were a bit fiddly and on the plans they were significantly higher than we wanted, which meant some cutting down of the z-purlins and ordering some new ones so that we could see out the windows from a standing height. Considering the people who put up these sheds professionally have them completed in 2 days, 5 full days of construction seemed pretty good for owner building with the help of a couple of friends.